Q. I worked for the government for 36.5 years and paid for survivor benefits under CSRS. My wife worked outside the government and is getting now about $675 per month from Social Security. Would she collect 55 percent of my federal pension and also receive the same amount she is getting now from Social Security? If not, how much would she lose?
Q. I just found out that my ex-husband has retired. According to the divorce decree, I was to get 50 percent of his retirement, yet I have not received my benefit. I contacted him and his response was that they are taking it out of his annuity. However, I have never received it. How do I find where my benefits are?
Q. I elected to have my husband receive 25 percent of my basic annuity. If he dies before I do, what happens? Will my annuity be recalculated without a survivorship benefit, or does it stay the same?
Q. My ex-husband and I had four children. One child is in college part time. My ex-husband passed away in 2012. I have gone to all avenues to get survivor benefits to no avail. What can I do?
Q. I retired in 1995 and included a small survivor benefit for my spouse. In 2014, we divorced, and I have since remarried. I would like to leave a survivor benefit for my new wife. Does the Office of Personnel Management permit me to provide a survivor benefit to my second wife? If yes, what is the correct way to proceed?
Q. I’m a FERS employee covered under the law enforcement officer/firefighter provision. I have 25 years of service and have reached my minimum retirement age. If I get fired for misconduct, can they deny me my firefighter retirement benefit?
There’s a new administration in town, and changes are already in motion. If you aren’t eligible to retire but want to leave government, you need to understand the consequences of your action, at least in terms of the benefits you’ve enjoyed as a federal employee.